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Compassionate Conservation

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to Kill Thousands of Cormorants: There Will Be Blood

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

Despite experts agreeing that killing the cormorants is wrong and won't work, it turns out that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to kill nearly 11,000 cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 of their nests to try to reduce cormorant numbers by more than half.

Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

There is no way in our complex, challenging, and truly magnificent world, that humans can be left out of solutions for improving the lives of other animals, although we are so often the cause for conflict with them and for trumping their interests in favor of ours.

New Conservation Science Is Misguided and Too Much About the Major Problem -- Us

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.25.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Anthropocentrism -- putting humans first and acting as if we're the only beings who count -- is a bad lesson for youngsters who will inherit the messes we leave. A more humble, right-minded, and less anthropocentric position argues for valuing and conserving nature because of its intrinsic value.

Compassionate Conservation: More than "Welfarism Gone Wild"

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.10.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Compassionate conservation builds on an agenda that calls for "doing science while respecting animals" and for protecting animals because they are intrinsically valuable, and do not only have instrumental value because of what they can do for us.

Let's Make Compassion and Rewilding All the Rage in 2015 and Beyond

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.28.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

No one can disagree that adding compassion and rewilding in any number of arenas are good ways to move into the future. So let's just do it and continue to do so forever. Our planet is wounded and tired and needs to be rekindled, and we humans hold the key to the future. It's that simple.

Harvard Researcher Kills Rare Spider "In the Name of Education:" When Will the Killing Finally Stop?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

I'm sure a moratorium on killing would result in the development and implementation of a host of non-lethal and humane ways to learn about and to peacefully coexist with the fascinating animals with whom we share our magnificent planet.

There's No Evidence Zoos Educate In A Meaningful Way

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.11.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I'm surely happy that a zoo visitor may learn something she or he didn't previously know, but if they don't use this information in a meaningful way to do something for the animals, then it's knowledge for knowledge's sake and that is not a sufficient reason for keeping animals in cages.

Researchers Kill 890 Wolves to Learn About Them: There's Something Very Wrong

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

When I told some colleagues and friends about this study they were incredulous and aghast. Cloaked in a lab coat and under the guise of conservation biology, this egregious study raises serious questions about oversight and approval of lethal research involving wild animals.

Bridging the Divide Between Animal Welfare & Conservation

Camilla Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Camilla Fox

It is my hope that out of the Compassionate Conservation Conference there will be more collaboration between conservationists and animal welfare advocates.